Rafael Atencia Design

Art Design in Ceramics: Surface designer, Bespoke Ceramics, Tiles, Sculptural Vessels, Commissions
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In the same way that one of the oldest purposes of Art is to tell a story whether religious, fictional or historical – I use my work mainly to tell my own story.

The memories that we accrue during our lives help us to understand better our location in the present.

I want to convey this intangible and invisible duality of time by the use of texture and colors.

My work explores the relationship between color, shapes and textures.

I am always been fascinated with surface decoration.Experimenting with the use of different clay materials, layering technique and texture glazes to achieve the final pieces.

My latest work explores the lost of tradition and why we decide to renovate or forget our eldest legacies, focusing in the decline of the traditional fisherman industry in the South of Spain.

I took inspiration for my vessels from today’s ghostly artifacts called “Tornos” left behind to decay in the southern beaches of my homeland

I am not afraid to take risks in my work, when things don’t turn out quite the way I expected I embrace what has happened and take them forward and make it my own.

The making process is a continual challenge, I enjoy solving problems that might occur in this process, and my sketchbook is my main resource of inspiration to transfer on to the surface of my work.

I would define my work as a collage style, made of diverse ceramics materials, several making processes and numerous firing.


Slip Cast Porcelain Sculpture

 I work on tiles, experimenting with diverse making processes and decorating approaches. Tiles are mostly mass produced but can and are altered in small batches to provide each with its own exclusive design/identity. The starting point is all...
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Porcelain Clay, Engobes, Honey stoneware glaze. 16cm x 16cm
Sold  Espuma de Mar Vessel Porcelaine and Engobe Vessel, Texture Glaze, 27cm x 12cm. 7 Slip cast fish Sculptures, engobes.

I portray my personal values as a guide to design products that people will identify as being made by myself, Atencia E. Rafael. Regeneration of tradition, tradition should be nurtured and developed to be respected for generations to come.
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I feel very strong about the lack on individuality of the goods on offer. I have almost an allergic reaction to finding the exact same items in different stores under different names. I feel that the time is now to change our manufacturing ways, to...
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Collection of Porcelain Soup Plates, transparent glazes and transfer. 17 cm x 7 cm.